That's some of what makes up the Big Easy, NOLA, New Orleans, Louisiana...
A town of vibrancy and living life to the max - including the Frozen Margaritas!!!
Once again everyone has split off and are doing their own thing and it's been loads of fun. Tours have been taken of the French Quarter, the infamous above ground cemeteries and the Lower 9th Ward (the hardest hit suburb ofHurricane Katrina).
We've had Beignets and Cafe au Lait at Cafe du Monde. They are yummy and you do just have to go there because Cafe du Monde is one of the institutions of New Orleans.
On our first night here I asked the Concierge at the hotel where to go for dinner, after a couple of descriptions we hit on NOLA, a restaurant by Emeril Lagasse - do you remember him? BAM! - Well OMG! It was DIVINE with a capital D! It was a little more expensive than the average meal, but not over the top, so well worth visiting if you get the chance. Certainly my food highlight of the entire trip.
Peter, Paul and Derrick today headed off to the National World War II Museum and report that it was VERY educational and in parts very emotional! They learnt a number of things about the American participation in WWII that they did not know and are very pleased that they spent a number of hours at the museum absorbing it all.
One thing that they did miss, as a misguided local informed then that bookings were not necessary, was a concert by impersonators of the Andrews Sisters and their war time performances. They were disappointed to miss this.
Yesterday evening the same Trio experienced the delights of The Cocktail Tour, this started at 4pm, so Paul was going to meet me back at the hotel about 6.30pm, at 7.45pm someone sort of walked back into the hotel!!!
Today's reports of the cocktail tour by Peter and Paul said that the guide was more than happy to guide them for longer as they were such a good friendly bunch so the tour that should be two hours long was nearly 4! Do I believe this story or not?
So tomorrow we start heading north, first across Lake Pontchartrain then across Mississippi to Meridian. This is really the beginning of the end as we are now less than two weeks away from making our way home!
We've been so many places in such a short space of time it's quite mind boggling!
When I will next be able to post I am not sure as I will not be able to get my laptop fixed here - very sad.
So, until next update.